Educational Idiocy

15 October 2021

My wife and I spent over an hour last night comforting a fifteen year old who was incredibly frustrated, anxious and stressed. As you may guess from his age, the main stressor was school, and more specifically, GCSE’s. My stepson is not a shrinking violet by any stretch. He is mature beyond his years and has suffered tremendous loss in his life and yet he has grown through the experience and he continues to grow into the most wonderful, intelligent and caring person. Yet last night I saw him as he was three years ago when he was being … Read more

‘Judge not, that you be not judged.’

17 April 2019

I do not ascribe one particular form of morality or goodness to any one form of religion or belief, but there are certain phrases and stories that I was told as a child in assemblies … Read more

Cannabis – ‘THC or not THC!’

26 March 2019

Cannabis. Friend or foe? This is another one of those questions that provokes very polarised views amongst health professional and general public alike. Some view cannabis as essentially harmless, a ‘social drug’ with few side … Read more

What a Difference a Day Makes

21 March 2019

Once again the Guardian inspires me! This time it is an article around mental health provision for young people and their experience once they reach the age of eighteen. It is well worth a read … Read more

Anxiety, Social Anxiety or Introversion?

12 March 2019

Another blog! The Guardian website has a lot to answer for!! I read with interest yesterday an article on introversion by a writer who only recognised that they were themselves introverted after many years of … Read more

Depression and Drugs

08 March 2019

Well. I am more surprised than anyone to be writing on here again so soon. My inspiration for todays ‘blog’ is again something that occurred whilst I was lying in bed this morning, minus the … Read more

‘Interesting Times’

07 March 2019

In 1966, the year the English football team lifted proudly the FIFA world cup aloft as they skipped around the Wembley pitch, the American Robert.F.Kennedy (not the ex-president, John, this was his brother who was … Read more